Bernice B. Chaput, 94, of Marion died Friday at St. Luke Hospital in Marion. She was born Feb. 13, 1920, in Clyde to Frank and Minnie (Chartier) Begnoche.
She grew up in Cloud County and attended Tabor Grade School. She married Alcid Chaput on Feb. 21, 1939. They farmed in the Miltonvale and Aurora communities before moving to Junction City in 1961. They later moved to Lecompton, Desoto, and Topeka.
Alcid preceded her in death in 1995. She moved to Marion in 1997 and was a member of Holy Family Catholic Parish.
She was also preceded in death by a son, Terry; a brother, Lyle Begnoche; and a sister, Joyce Girand. She is survived by a son, Gary Chaput of Marion; two daughters, Darlene Crawford of Clay Center and Jean Boles of Lubbock, Texas; 11 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and 4 great-great-grandchildren.
Her funeral was Tuesday at SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Clay Center, with Larry Grennan officiating. Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery, Clay Center.
Visitation and the Rosary were Monday at Neill-Schwensen-Rook Funeral Home in Clay Center. A memorial fund has been established with St. Luke Hospital and Living Center.